6.888 Advanced Topics in Networking


Units: 3-0-9
Prerequisites: 6.829 or equivalent. General background in computer networking preferred or permission of instructor.
Instructor:  Professor Mohammad Alizadeh (alizadeh@mit.edu)
Schedule:  TR2:30-4, room 36-112
This subject counts as an Advanced Topics in Computer Systems concentration subject.
In the past decade, the computer networking landscape has changed significantly with the emergence of large-scale datacenters, the proliferation of mobile devices, and the move towards logically centralized control over networks with software-defined networking. This course is a graduate-level seminar on the latest developments in networking research. Students will read and discuss several papers each week and will conduct a semester-long project, culminating in a draft research paper and presentation. Topics include datacenter network architectures, modern transport protocols, SDN, programmable data planes, measurement, resource allocation and scheduling.